Justice Denied: Ukraine comes up empty in probe of Pavel Sheremet’s murder

A year after prominent journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed by a car bomb in Kiev, no one has been arrested or prosecuted, even though Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed a swift investigation. Authorities say Russia is the prime suspect, but the lack of progress in the case, coupled with evidence pointing to possible Ukrainian involvement, weaken Kiev’s credibility and suggest the need for an independent probe.

A special report of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Published July 12, 2017

This report is available in Українською and Русский

Table of Contents

About This Report

Introduction: Ukraine must prove its commitment to credibly investigating Sheremet’s murder

Tough reporting earned Sheremet enemies in three countries

Belarus days

Russia days

Ukraine days

Pavel’s last days

Infographic: Lines of Investigation

Infographic: Investigation in Numbers


Video: Who Killed Pavel Sheremet?

COVER PHOTO: A ceremony in Kiev marks the life and work of renowned reporter Pavel Sheremet in July 2016. (AFP/Sergei Supinsky)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The “Ukraine Days” section of this report and the Lines of Investigation graphic have been corrected to reflect that Sheremet worked for the station OTR at the time of the Ukrainian Maidan protests.